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UGA College of Pharmacy Opens Applications for Program to Help Smokers Quit

Huffington Post

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy is providing assistance for Athens-area residents needing a bit of help to kick the habit. The college is offering a free tobacco cessation program called “Beat the Pack!”

Lead instructor Kay Brooks is an associate director in the College of Pharmacy.

"What is really different about this program is we make it easy to access," Brooks said. "It's free of charge. And they get that one-on-one experience, and they also get the benefit of other people learning how to quit smoking." 


Brooks trains students to lead the classes which are tailored to help stop all forms of tobacco use, not just smoking. She says there are many practical reasons to quit.

"[Smoking] is very inconvenient. UGA is completely smoke-free. Most restaurants are smoke-free. The cost of cigarettes is increasing as well as insurance plans," Brooks said.

Participants are encouraged to commit to the program by attending as many classes as possible since organizers say the more classes users attend, the more successful they’ll be in their attempts to quit.

Class size is limited. Those interested in applying should call 706-542-3893 or email monicaw@uga.edu.


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